In the middle of a Canadian winter, your air cooling system is probably the last thing on your mind. However, there are a number of things that you can do, beginning in early spring, to help your system last as long as possible. The extra time and effort that you spend now can prevent you from needing to repair or replace your central air system prematurely.
What you can do to extend your cooling system's lifespan:
1. Have your system cleaned and serviced at the beginning of the season.
Having your system serviced by an HVAC technician at the beginning of the warm weather season can help ensure that your home will stay cool during the summer months. In addition to cleaning the system, he or she will lubricate the moving parts, check the power source and make sure that all of the mechanical parts are working as they should.
2. Keep foliage away from the outdoor condenser.
Too many leaves and extra brush around your condenser can impede the air flow and cause it to overheat. To help prevent this, make sure not to plant bushes too near your condenser and to keep the branches and leaves cut at least several feet away from the unit.
3. Change your air filters regularly.
It's easy and inexpensive, but keeping your air filters clean is one of the best things you can do to extend the life of your cooling system. When dust and dirt clog your filter, the motor on your system has to work harder than necessary to push air through the filter, shortening the life of the system and costing you more on your energy bill.
4. Support your cooling system.
To help your system last longer, don't rely completely on it to keep your home cool. Help your system's efficiency by keeping your blinds and drapes closed during the heat of the day, doing your baking in the evening, and/or closing the vents and doors in rooms that you aren't using.
No one wants their air cooling system to fail in the middle of a long, sultry summer. Make sure that your cooling system survives the summer and beyond by having your system cleaned and serviced each and every year, keeping your bushes and trees trimmed away from the condenser and changing your air filters regularly during the height of the cooling season. For more information, consider contacting companies like HVAC Clément Marchand Natural Gas Service.